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The people and culture of New Mexico and Texas.  Fascinating field reports, interviews, and local viewpoints showcase an image of our region you won't find anywhere else.  

Doña Ana County Manager Fernando Macias talks about issues facing the county on KRWG-TV's In Focus. This is part two of a two-part conversation. 

VIDEO: Oprah Winfrey urges USC Annenberg graduates to seek truth

May 17, 2018
Photo by: Karen Ballard / USC

  In a stirring speech that called on graduates to seek truth and help others, former talk show host turned media mogul Oprah Winfrey offered practical advice, shared personal anecdotes and challenged students to tackle real-world problems.

Paul Gessing, President-Rio Grande Foundation

Fred Martino recently talked with Rio Grande Foundation President Paul Gessing about a number of economic issues facing New Mexico.

How could changes to NAFTA affect the state?

Will an upcoming U.S. Supreme Court decision have an impact on public sector unions?

And how should New Mexico use its windfall from increasing oil prices and production?

April Is National Poetry Month

Apr 13, 2018

To celebrate National Poetry Month, we present poems from NMSU Archives collection of manuscripts. The works of these writers, Margaret Page Hood, Eugene Manlove Rhodes, Lorenzo Torrez, and Keith Wilson, are also featured in an exhibit called Vision/Revision: New Mexico Poets on the Page, at the Branigan Cultural Center until May 19th. Student curators recorded some of these poem for KRWG's listening audience.

Here are the readings from the students. 

Brianna Valerio reading Margaret Paige Hood

David Banegas reading Eugene Manlove Rhodes

On Wednesday, April 18, Aggies Winning Choices (AWC) will host the Responsible Alcohol Consumption Summit (RACS). The event will be held at the NMSU Domenici Building, Room 109 (Yates Auditorium), from 1:00pm to 4:00pm. The Summit will include individual presentations and expert panel discussions focusing on alcohol research, prevention and interventions, and policies that impact our communities.

Republican U.S. Senate Candidate Mick Rich

Fred Martino interviews Mick Rich, the New Mexico Republican seeking a U.S. Senate seat in 2018.  The seat is currently held by Senator Martin Heinrich. 

This interview includes Rich's comments on federal spending, the GOP tax law, immigration, government regulations, and President Trump's proposals on trade policy.

Relationship-building, global perspectives and international engagement are just three of the goals Rod McSherry has in mind as interim associate provost for International and Border Programs at New Mexico State University.

Although McSherry has been on the NMSU staff since 2015, his loyalty to the university goes back to his undergrad days as an animal science major at NMSU.

New Mexico Democratic State Senator Joseph Cervantes shares why he is seeking the seat of Governor of New Mexico. 

Vision/Revision: New Mexico Poets on the Page, opening Friday, March 23, 2018, at the Branigan Cultural Center, celebrates National Poetry month in April.  The exhibit runs through May 19.

A collaboration with the New Mexico State University Archives and the Creative Writing Program at NMSU, this exhibit presents a glimpse into the works of New Mexico poets Lorenzo Torrez, Margaret Page Hood, Eugene Manlove Rhodes, and Keith Wilson. These four poets wrote about southern New Mexico’s people, ranching life, cultural identities, and our Chihuahuan desert environment. The working notes, drafts, and final manuscripts they left behind, held in the NMSU Archives, provide insight into the poet’s mind at work, as words are shaped into meaning.

Soon after graduating from college in 2008, Francisco Cantú joined the United States Border Patrol.  He spent the next four years as an agent, mostly in the field along the U.S./Mexico borders of Arizona, New Mexico and Texas.  His very personal memoir of that time, and its aftermath, is The Line Becomes A River, Dispatches From The Border, just published by Penguin's Riverhead Books.

Courtesy Photo

Congresswoman Michelle Luhan-Grisham has represented District 1 in New Mexico since 2013.  Prior to serving in Congress, Lujan Grisham served as a cabinet secretary for three different New Mexico governors – overseeing the Department of Aging & Long-Term Services and the Department of Health. Luhan-Grisham is running for Democratic nomination for governor on June 5th. Edmundo Resendez spoke to Luhan-Grisham about her aspirations.  

VIDEO: Candidate Forum- Democrats Running For New Mexico Governor

Feb 12, 2018

  Three of the four candidates in the Democratic race for New Mexico governor visited Truth or Consequences for a gubernatorial forum Thursday at the Lyons Event Center. New Mexico state senator Joseph Cervantes, Jeff Apodaca, the son of former New Mexico governor Jerry Apodaca, and Dr. Peter DeBenedittis were there. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham was unable to attend in-person or via livestream due to the most recent government shutdown. The candidates answered questions from the audience on their plans for the state’s economic and educational policies and many other issues.

On a recent taping of KRWG-TV’s In Focus, Viki Harrison, Executive Director of Common Cause New Mexico says that her organization has called for an independent state redistricting commission. Harrison says with high profile court cases; the redistricting issue is heating up across the country.

“The legislators are drawing districts to suit themselves and their parties. It’s basically legislators choosing their voters instead of the other way around,” says Harrison.

IN FOCUS: Part Three Of A Conversation On Trade And NAFTA

Feb 2, 2018

IN FOCUS: Part Two Of A Discussion On NAFTA And Trade

Jan 26, 2018

Last November, Mexican Ambassador to The United States, Mr. Gerónimo Gutiérrez visited the Borderland. Jerry Pacheco, President of the Border Industrial Association was able to visit with the ambassador as he toured industrial areas in Santa Teresa and San Jerónimo on the Mexican side of the border.

Pacheco says the Mexican ambassador had much to say about the renegotiation of NAFTA. He says the ambassador weighed in on the what was going well, and what were the "sticking points" of talks, like the Trump administration trying to increase North American content in auto parts.

IN FOCUS: A Discussion On Border Business And Trade (Part One)

Jan 19, 2018

Jerry Pacheco, President of the Border Industrial Association and Executive Director of the International Business Accelerator shared on a recent taping of KRWG-TV’s In Focus that Doña Ana County and Santa Teresa took over as the top exporting area in New Mexico in 2017.

“We are now accounting for 53 percent of the entire exports that leave the State of New Mexico,” said Pacheco.

IN FOCUS: Child Well-Being In New Mexico

Jan 5, 2018

Child well-being in New Mexico is the focus of a new investigation that is set to publish this year from Searchlight New Mexico, a non-partisan, nonprofit news organization.

During a taping of KRWG-TV’s In Focus, Lauren Villagran, a reporter with Searchlight New Mexico says the organization is investigating a number of different topics associated with child-well-being.

“We’re basically going to look at a number of domains…the economy, health, education, and family, and really kind of dig deep into the problems that the state faces,” said Villagran.

Virgin Galactic says that more jobs are heading to New Mexico. The Santa Fe New Mexican reported the company was planning to move 85 more employees to the Las Cruces area, signaling the company may be closer to launching from Spaceport America.

This past summer the facility hosted local business and government officials to gather feedback for a major event for Virgin’s first launch.

Our Stories: Vietnam

Nov 9, 2017

"Our Stories: Vietnam," a three-part documentary series featuring 15 area veterans airs Monday through Wednesday from 7pm to 8pm on KRWG-TV.

PART ONE-Monday, 7pm

Story Abstracts

6 stories covering an advisor, negotiating a rescue ceasefire, a painful frightening night waiting for medics, valor to earn a purple heart, the mechanic that kept pilots safe and questions of faith.

In Chronological Order of Service

His iridescent shapes float in 3-dimensional space, an exploration of the mysteries of light.  "Some people, it puts them in a state of almost infancy," says August Muth of his holographic art.  "They can't resist the temptation to touch the light."  The Santa Fe artist's latest works are on view through November 9 at the Canyon Road gallery, OTA Contemporary

State of Change: Building A Resilient New Mexico

Oct 19, 2017
Dr. Chris Erickson

As part of our series "State of Change: Building A Resilient New Mexico," we spoke with New Mexico State University economist Dr. Chris Erickson.

Topics include New Mexico's "closing fund" used to attract new businesses and help existing ones expand, the state's film and television production subsidy, Spaceport America, New Mexico's tax system, and the importance of education in advancing economic development efforts.

Dr. Pat Hynes

Sep 27, 2017

On this episode of Images, Fred Martino speaks with Dr. Pat Hynes, Director of the New Mexico Space Grant Consortium.  They discuss the upcoming International Symposium for Personal and Commercial Spaceflight.  

From the symposium website:

You are cordially invited to attend the International Symposium for Personal and Commercial Spaceflight, to be held October 11-12 at the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum, Las Cruces, New Mexico.